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Product Spotlight – Hero Arts Color Layering Rooster

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Just a reminder that many items are back into the a2z store.  For example this wonderful set, Color Layering Rooster.

Want some inspiration?  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

examples from 2017 Hero Arts Catalog

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Guest Designer June 2019

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to introduce our June Guest Designer, Amy Tsuruta.  Here’s a brief bio of Amy.


 

I started ‘seriously’ crafting in 2003. For some reason I signed up to be my son’s Co-op Preschool Scrapbook Coordinator. At that point, I hadn’t even scrapbooked yet. I’m happy to say that we still have that scrapbook. I started my Splitcoaststampers Gallery in 2005. I remember seeing blogs and became curious about them. I started mine in 2007. I didn’t start my IG account until April 2015. I was holding out because I didn’t think I could swing the time commitment. I still feel that way but try my best in keeping up with everything. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this awesome papercrafting community.

 


Now let’s hear from her:


Hi everyone!  It’s Amy Tsuruta and I’m thrilled to be guesting today for the a2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge – Anything but a Card.
 
I designed a tag duo especially for today.

 

My first tag features the Cardinal Stamp & Cut.  I used the Nesting Circle Infinity Dies.  The stamped woodgrain is an older Hero Arts wood mount background stamp.

 

 
I recently bought a top and matching cardi that had their tags attached by the pins I used today on my tags.   The cardinal sentiment has been heat embossed in white.
My second circular tag features the Alpaca Stamp & Cut.  I loaded this one up with a bunch of images.

 

 
I can’t wait to see how you’re inspired by this month’s challenge!
 
A big shout out to a2zscrapbooking for the invite!

Aren’t these tags darling?  Thank you so much for taking the time to Guest Design for us Amy!!

To see more of Amy’s art, please visit her blog: Tsuruta Designs.  You can also find her on instagram

 

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Hanging Nasturtium

Hello,

Cindy here to share a CAS card featuring Hero Arts Nasturtium.  I combined it with a planter from the Stamp Your Own  succulent, and hand drawn some strings to make a hanging Nasturtium planter.

 

I could have just stamped the Nasturtium, mask it before stamping the planter.  But I wanted some dimension, but I don’t have the die cut for the Nasturtium.  So I did partial hand cut of the lower blooms and tugged the planter underneath.

The planter I stamped twice, once on white card stock and watercolored, and another time silver heat embossed on vellum.  I hand cut the watercolored planter closely; but when cutting the vellum one I left some space all around; then creased all the sides and wrapped the watercolored piece inside.  This way it looks like a glass planter with soil inside.  And I used my creative license to hand draw some extra stems to connect the Nasturtium image and the planter.

There’s still plenty time to join in and play along our May Flowers challenge.  Scroll down to get the details.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Florals Nasturtium
  • Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents
  • Watercolors
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Silver Gel Pen

 

 


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Guest Designer May 2019

Hello there,

We are very please to present our May Guest Designer, Ilina Grouse.   She is a former a2z DT and is currently on several design teams including Hero Arts.  I bet you’ve been inspired by her work just like I have.  Let’s hear from her and see what she created for us today.


Hi everyone,

I am honored to be a guest designer for A2ZScrapbooking this month. This month’s challenge is flowers, so I used the Color Layering TIger Lily set and dies, Peonies stamp set and the new Flower Garden Fancy dies.

To make my card I started by stamping the Tiger Lilies using Soft Pink, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Jam ink pads, next I die cut them using the coordinating dies. Set them aside.
Die cut the Flower Garden fancy die using Pitch Black card stock. Stamp sentiment from Peonies set in Versamark on Pitch Black card stock and emboss in white. Cut to size.
Assemble the elements onto top folding note card made from Pitch black card stock. Once done add pink Nuvo Drops to finish off the card.


Thank you so much for taking time to create for us Ilina.  This card is just amazing.  To see more of Ilina’s beautiful work, hop over to her blog: Creativity Within.  Or connect with her on Facebook.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Color Layering TIger Lily set and dies
  • Peonies stamp set
  • Flower Garden Fancy dies


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Hero Arts Bright Blossoms Tea Cup

Hello,

 

I am inspired by both our May challenge theme (May Flowers) and the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers’ Bloghop to create this Get Well card.

The flower is printed using Hero Arts Bright Blossoms digi kit on heavy card stock, and watercolored, and then hand cut.  The tea cup is die cut using Hero Arts Nesting Tea Cup Infinity Dies.  It looks like there is a shadow on the cup right?  It is achieved by die cutting another cup using grey card stock and I glued the pattern one slightly offset.  🙂

 

My background has some subtle dry embossing on it, and the sentiment is just stamped in black.

Thanks for checking out my card.  I look forward to see your creation in our challenge gallery!

cindya2zscrapbooking

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Bright Blossoms Digi Kit
  • Hero Arts Nesting Teacup Infinity Dies
  • Hero Arts Long Leaves Stencil
  • Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set
  • Black glaze pen
  • Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)

 

 


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Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi all coffee/tea/hot coco lovers!!

Welcome to our stop of the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  We are happy to return to be a Super Sponsor for this wonderful hop.

Arlene has created this fun card featuring the Sugartree Stamps Hug In A Mug digi stamp.

You can find more details of Arlene’s card on her blog: A Bit Of This And That.

Our other DT members also created some awesome inspirations for you.  Hop over to take a look.

Annie

Cindy

A2z is giving away a $20 gift card to the a2z Etsy store.  For a chance to win, create a new Spring/Summer theme coffee/tea/hot cocoa paper craft project and link up at the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s blog post.  Winner will be announced on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers’ Blog after the hop finishes.  Have a look out for it.

Now it’s your turn.  Feel free to in-cooperate our May challenge theme: May Flowers into your project, and play along the a2z May Challenge.  For more details, scroll down.  🙂

 

Happy crafting and happy hopping!!

cindya2zscrapbooking

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Birthday Bash U Fold

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am inspired by this month’s challenge theme: Fun Folds, and tried a new fold myself.  This one is called the “U fold”.  Let’s take a look.

I think a picture is worth a thousand words.  Everything is pretty self explanatory.  But I do want to mention that my card base size is 7.5 inched in width and 4.25 inches high, after you fold the one side, the card becomes the same size as an A2 card.  The scores are done at 1 inch, 2 inch, 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch.  So the area left in the middle is 3.5 by 4.25 inches.

Two digi stamp sets were used for this card, I use the Artistic Circles for the background.  The sentiment and birthday cake are added on top of the background and printed all at once, then I colored the cake with markers.  The balloons are printed separately, colored, hand cut and glued to the sides.  The strings are hand drawn with a black glaze pen.  Here’s the beauty shot.

I hope I’ve inspired you to join in our Fun Folds Challenge this month.  Check the details below and play along!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

 

 


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Guest Designer April 2019

Hello there,

Our Guest Designer for April is Kymona Tracey.  Kymona is a former a2z DT, she is talented and very crafty.  She also has her own Etsy store that sell crafting accessories, you could check it out here.  You can learn more about her at her blog: Kreative Kymona.

Kymona created a set CAS journaling cards, these are perfect to go into any travel album, or art journal and of course onto cards too!  Let’s take a look.



They may look simple but they really do draw your attentions, don’t they?  Thanks so much for taking time and design for us Kymona!

For more info on her project, please visit her blog: Kreative Kymona.

Supplies for Kymona’s project:

Linen White Cardstock
Canon Printer MG7720
Photoshop CC
Bone Folder
3 Way Corner Punch

 

Thanks for visiting a2z today.  Do you know that April’s Challenge is Fun Folds?   Scroll down and get the detail and play along.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 


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Hero Arts One Of A Kind Wishes

Hello there,

Cindy here today to share a ‘fun fold’ card.  I created for you an easel card.  The Easter holiday is on the way and that where’s I drew my inspiration.

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I used the Hero Arts One Of A Kind digi stamp, I picked the Leaf Sprig in Black, resize and modified the color to light grey using my image editor.  Then I rotate, copy, and paste to create a wreath in a 4.25 and 5.5 white space.  Next I resized the One Of A Kind Bird 3 in black and placed it on top of the wreath.  Then I added the sentiment from the same set, printed and colored with pencils.  To add a bit of texture and shine, I used a black glaze pen and traced over the outline of the bird.  But it is not showing up in the photo.  😦

I trimmed down the panel slightly smaller and glue to a creamy yellow panel that is 4 by 5.5 inches in size.  I glued the panel to the folded card front of top fold card base.

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For the banner that is used to catch the flap, I resized the One Of A Kind Bird 2 and duplicated them in a row horizontally.  It is also colored in pencils and mounted in the same color card stock and it is glued on the bottom edge of the inside of the card base.

Have you played our April challenge yet?  Check the details below and join in, looking forward to see your creations in the challenge gallery!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Design Team News March 2019

Hello everyone,

As you may have noticed Gwendolyn is stepping down from the a2z DT.  It is always hard to say Goodbye, but that’s part of life; and I believe a Goodbye is not forever.  Thank you Gwendolyn for all your contributions to a2z, and for all the beautiful inspirations you’d shared.  And we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!

And now, please join me and welcome a new DT member, LeeAnn McKinney.


HI, my name is LeeAnn and I am the paper artist for Mimi’s Crafty Abyss. Mimi what my grandbabies call me, and I started paper crafting when my grandson was on the way (started with decor for the nursery). From that decor I quickly moved into making cards, although I had scrap-booked for a few years when my girls were young, I lost the love for it after mom passed away. Finding out I was going to be a Mimi brought that love back, and it exploded.

If I am home, I am in my craftroom, if I am at work, I am thinking of the projects I am going to work on when I get home. One day a week I can bring my crafty fun to work with me, and really enjoy it.


So glad you could join us LeeAnn.  You could also reach LeeAnn at these social outlets:  facebook,  blog (Mimis Crafty Abyss),  instagram,  twitter,  youtube

Stay tuned, come back tomorrow to see LeeAnn’s first solo post here on a2z.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking march challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Color It In” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.